be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 Review

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M for Moartea

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Good and concise article, a Dark Rock Pro 3 review is something I was looking forward to.

For convenience, would you please consider adding in the future the metric system equivalents for your readers who are unfamiliar with the imperial system?
 

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Yeh, it does look pretty good doesn't it?
I'll take that under advisement. Some readers are demanding "only metric" measurements while builders in USA continue to use inch-based tape measures to figure out clearence, so your suggestion makes sense.

 

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It would be nice to see close loop liquid coolers added to the charts. I think a lot of people cross shop those with big air coolers b/c the price is so close.
 
Sleek! This is basically a black D-14 with a better look.
I solved that problem years ago with "flat black" Testor's model paint on the fan cowling and blades on mine.

In any event, it is nice to see more alternatives in the top-tier air cooling market. However, I will state that when you cross over the $100 price tag, you are really getting into better-performing high end "all in the box" closed loop water cooling territory from the likes of Corsair's H100i GTX for just a few more bones.
 

Crashman

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Amazon prices are screwy, this is an $80-$90 cooler at most high-volume sellers.

 

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I've had this cooler on my i5 for about a year now and I love it. Matches the enthoo pro very well in the black minimalist type style with the subtle silver logo similar to phanteks uses on their case.

Granted I'm not running the 5930k, just a 4690k but oc'd even under load the cooler doesn't ever ramp up. I got curious one day and wondered about the max fan speed noise levels and had to literally oc my cpu, run p95 and turn off every other fan in my case leaving only the cpu fan operational before it became audible.

My biggest issue is with the price as well, it's quite expensive most of the time. I lucked out and got it from ncixus during a sale where it was marked down to $55. Solid cooler, very well built and construction is high end. It may not be a noctua killer but it's definitely not lagging far behind and looks much nicer in a black/gray build. Great article.
 
Sleek! This is basically a black D-14 with a better look.
However, I will state that when you cross over the $100 price tag, you are really getting into better-performing high end "all in the box" closed loop water cooling territory from the likes of Corsair's H100i GTX for just a few more bones.
That's true that the H100i GTX cools slightly better, but at the sacrifice of noise. The Corsair fans are extremely loud and many people need to replace them with SP fans which run $25 for 2. So the cost is about $40-60 more than these air coolers.
 
Measurements should be in metric, even though I know exactly what an inch is, it does me no good when everything else in my computer is measured in mm. If you must add inches to keep the rest of the US audience happy at least also include mm too.
 

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Sorry, didn't mean to downvote you. - I agree, the measurements should be in both Metric and Imperial.
 

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I've got this and an NH-D15 sitting in my cabinet here waiting for me to finish my Sky Lake build. I wound up buying a case with a window on it, so needless to say the Dark Rock Pro 3 wins by default. I'll just put this here...

Dear Noctua,

Your fans are fugly.

Sincerely,
Everyone
 

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I so wanted to get one of these or the DH-15 but I just read the article about air coolers damaging skylake chips due to weight and pressure on the cpu. Now Im not sure which I should get.
 

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Single towers seam to be enough for that processor and most reasonable-voltage overclocks.
 

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Do you mean that the dark rock pro 3 is fine because its a single tower structure? or were you implying another model would be a better choice?
 

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It's actually a dual tower. Single towers weigh less and appear sufficient. Shadow Rock Slim also looks good, for example, weighs less, costs less, etc.

 
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